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Million Dollar Arm | 2014 | PG | - 3.2.2

A sports agent (John Hamm) and his partner (Aasif Mandvi) are about to lose their agency when one of them decides to recruit Indian cricket bowlers as pitchers for the MLB. Also with Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Alan Arkin, Lake Bell, Allyn Rachel and Bill Paxton. Directed by Craig Gillespie. [2:04]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss twice passionately and the camera cuts to the man while he walks by three younger men as he leaves the woman's apartment the next morning (sex is implied). A man enters a bathroom in a home and finds a woman wearing a man's shirt and sitting on the toilet; she screams (we see her bare legs to the thigh) and the camera cuts to a man in bed (we see his bare chest and sex with the woman is implied). A morning scene features a man wearing only knee length shorts and we see his bare chest; he kisses his clothed girlfriend on the cheek and says he will shower, implying he spent the night and sex occurred. A woman leaves a man's apartment one morning (sex implied) wearing a blouse and shorts.
 In traffic two men in a car smile at three attractive women in a convertible at a stoplight. Three young men tell a man that he should marry a woman whom they see the man kiss, especially because he is "old" and the man says that she kissed him first. A woman jokes that she had sex with the washer repairman for free repairs.
 Two teams of a dozen cheerleaders each wear shorts that reveal legs to the thigh; their blouses are short-sleeved, but show no cleavage. An overweight older man who is shaving wears a sleeveless undershirt, revealing bare arms. Several groups of boys and men wear T-shirts and shorts that reveal lower legs and bare knees. Two women wear knee length tights, with clinging sleeveless spandex tops that hug their moderately large bosoms. A dozen women wearing saris dance, using a few belly dancing moves; their blouses reveal bare midriffs and bare arms. Several women at a crowded party wear bikinis in the house and we see bare abdomens, thighs and a bit of cleavage of a few women; other women wear short skirts that reveal most of their bare thighs and legs.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man parked in his car becomes angry and shakes the steering wheel while growling.
 A thrown baseball hits a man in the arm and he bends over, grunting in pain. Several scenes feature baseball tryouts where flying baseballs make loud impact with catcher's mitts and batting cage equipment; many baseballs hit the surrounding netting, coming close to but missing several recruiters standing there. A pitched baseball removes the head of a human dummy and a man says, "That's called manslaughter." A man accidentally pushes a woman into a large fountain at a party. Three young men are ejected from a hotel in Los Angeles because they were stuck in an elevator and pushed the fire alarm.
 A man sits on a patient's table in an ER cubicle with a white bandage on his finger and we hear that he received two stitches in the finger after cutting it with a kitchen knife while cooking; the man and a woman argue about the injury and when the finger is unwrapped the next day we see a little dried blood.
 A man says that he hates another company that competes with his sports promotion agency. A man and his business partner have a few loud arguments. A man takes exception to his business partner's stereotypical remarks about Indians all liking and playing cricket. Three young men go with their sports agent to his apartment, where the agent yells loudly at them a few times over a number of weeks, because they do not understand American culture and baseball. A man argues loudly with a baseball coach in several scenes. We hear that an older man hurt his back, so his son quit school in order to drive his father's truck in their business. A man says that he feels sick at a loud basketball game where crowds are cheering, but then he leaves and eats seafood. In a different scene, another man says he feels sick, but he does not become ill. A man complains about the large amount of honking drivers in India engage in.
 In a nighttime scene in a moving vehicle, three male passengers vomit onto the windshield of the vehicle and we see white and yellow vomit; later, the driver says his car stinks. Slums in India feature houses with broken out windows and cities with huge piles of trash and debris bedside the streets; a visitor says the smells there are bad some days and his long sleeved shirt is soaked with sweat from the heat. A large NFL player's arms and neck are covered with somewhat sinister looking blocks of black tribal tattoos.

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LANGUAGE 2 - 5 mild scatological references, 5 mild obscenities ("shucker" is used once as an expletive, but the meaning is unclear), name-calling (crazy, insane, stupid, backyard hottie, circus, sideshow, Class A jerk, jerk), stereotypical references NFL players, Asian Indians, Jews, the rich, senior citizens, parents, sports agents, sports investors, jocks, men, women, 1 religious profanity (GD), 5 religious exclamations (e.g. I Swear to God, Oh God, Oh My God, Thank God).

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SUBSTANCE USE - Two men drink from bottles of beer in an apartment where five empty beer bottles sit on a coffee table and one of the men takes a cab home after admitting that he is drunk, a man and a woman drink from bottles of beer outside an apartment and the woman tells the man that she will buy him a bottle of Scotch, a woman pours Scotch into two glasses and she and a man drink, a football player holds a massive party at his house where men and women drink martinis and other mixed drinks and we see a man passed out while leaning back on a couch, a man sits alone at a bar and drinks from a bottle of beer, men and women sit at a restaurant table with mixed drinks in front of them (no one is shown drinking), a man pours and drinks a glass of whiskey, and a man drinks from a large glass of wine at a restaurant where a waiter refills his glass.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Poverty, religions, racism, families, relationships, love, sports careers, business deals, exploitation of sports players, second chances.
MESSAGE - Family is more important than big business deals.
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